In the past months several News Media outlets have posted articles concerning what is called the separation of government powers and the check and balances that are suppose to exist for the protection of citizens.  Wikipedia defines this as: The separation of powers is a representation for the governance of a state. Under this model, a state’s government is divided into branches, each with separate, independent powers and responsibilities so that powers of one branch are not in conflict with those of the other branches.  

As we all learned this in school this was to ensure that a government was not allowed to use their powers against the people, it was a check and balance system each branch overseeing the other.  But does this really exist in the South Carolina State Government?  This being an election year one truly has to ask this question: Have the branches been taken over by Attorney/Legislators for profit?

Sen. Luke Rankin

In the South Carolina State Senate there are 18 Attorney/Legislators and 27 Non-Attorney Legislators.  At first glance this seems alright to the average citizen, but as we began to take a closer look things didn’t seem so straight forward.  Most of these 18 Attorney/Legislators held key positions on the 15 Committees within the State Senate.  Such as Senator Luke Rankin who sits on 5 of the 15 Committees including the Judiciary Committee and Ethics Committee.  Senator Rankin’s participation in questionable Judge Elections, and alleged cover ups of ethical violations has been reported on by several News Media outlets.  We know of one Judicial election that Senator Rankin failed to inform the General Assembly about, concerning the highly questionable and possibly illegal actions of, Judge Monet Pincus, a Family Court Judge At Large, back in 2018.

It seems that Attorney/Legislators hold many of the seats on the 15 Committees governing the Senate side of the South Carolina State Government.  As practicing attorneys these legislators have a conflict of interest, because that is where they earn their bread and butter.  So, it’s not a leap to imagine that these Attorney/Legislators would sway the laws in their favor to benefit them financially in their chosen carrier paths.  On the Judiciary Committee alone 13 seats are held by practicing Attorney/Legislators out of the 23 seat committee.  In fact nearly half of all the 15 Committees seats are held by Attorney/Legislators.

Rep. Beth Bernstein

In the House of Representative side of the State Government the numbers look like this; there are 34 Attorney/Legislators and 90 Non-Attorney Legislators.  Again they seem fair with a few exceptions such as the Judiciary Committee that consists of 23 seats and 19 are held by practicing Attorney/Legislators such as Rep. Beth Bernstein and Peter McCoy, who is the Chairman.  And again it’s not a leap to imagine these practicing Attorney/Legislators to manipulate the system for profit.   Even in the Ethics Committee on the House side of the State Government 7 of the 10 seats are held by Attorney/Legislators.

Now it can be argued that Attorney’s are ideal for these positions due to their knowledge of the law.  And certainly not all of these Attorney/Legislators use their position for their personal bottom line.  But how many of these Attorney/Legislators actually vote or even truly listen to their constituents?  How many of them vote their personal believe instead of that of the people who but them in office?

Rep. Bernstein openly is against a Shared Parenting Bill (H3295) which is sponsored by another Attorney/Legislator Jason Elliott.  Rep. Bernstein’s Firm practices Family Law, and H3295 would change the Family Court system from a money maker, to even ground for children simply by guaranteeing a child’s right to both loving and fit parents in their lives equally.  It would also remove the long standing preponderance of the evidence standard, which is the lowest standard possible in Judiciary and only used in Family Courts, with a Clear and Convincing Standard.  Not to mention 21 other States have already passed similar bills for the Best Interest of the Children.

There are Attorney/Legislators who do listen to the people they represent and even to South Carolina Citizen not within their Districts.  Rep. Jason Elliott who took the time to listen to the hundreds of Parents (Custodial and Non-Custodial) demanding Shared Parenting for their Children.  He was joined by other Attorney/Legislators such as Rep. Adam Morgan

Has the State Government forgotten “For the People, By the People” and replaced it with “For Attorneys, by Attorneys”?  This election year we have noticed more common people running for State Government, such as John Gallman.  Gallman, is running against Sen. Luke Rankin in Horry County’s Seat 33.  Gallman, among others running for positions throughout the State have stated they want Government to listen to the people once again.  As South Carolina ranks among one of the most corrupt governmental states in the Country only time will tell if this election year changes anything.




  1. well, one thing, the “that” judge Pincus ordered evidence destroyed that was proof of child abuse and for her favored party, the reason this woman lost custody was that her 7-year-old son mowed the lawn on a riding lawnmower. This fight continues and he will soon be 18 yo. The beginning of legislating what is real evidence is being lost, in this state court has begun to hold the family courts action above the solid constitutional protections specifically set out by the United States Supreme Court and sadly reflects in many of the lower federal court rulings. Nothing to curb knowingly bad rulings on an issue that can be legislated. Now, for-profit, parents are put on supervised visitation and added to a court order when not raised in court, at the end of that the reasoning was a mistake by the court that the parent was put on this for the other parent not picking the child up willfully and then accused the other parent, wrongly, of keeping the child, this evidence was in court at the inception the allowing one party to create, and the judge, sign these orders without presentation to the opposing party. This is a huge and profitable scheme that must be legislated out. The parent is as now the rule and not the exception, not given a day in court, in one particular case, the lawyer preparing that order is partners in the supervised visitation company and charged over 5k a month on a case that was later ruled a fraud and the court lacked subject matter jurisdiction, legislation is not forthcoming in conjunction with the lesser qualified attorneys being given judgeships. Two serious issues are being used and abused, that the opposing side is writing court orders and when erroneously written no day in court is forthcoming to correct these. Two and you have to wonder why such a rule was written, in the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 43(k) is used to pit lawyer against the client and in many known cases to me, it allows a lawyer tenter an order without a clients consent, in two cases was done in direct advisement not to sign such orders, this rule allows, when not in court, for an attorney to sign consent decrees without consent of their client, where this rule has no use at all, if the client wanted the lawyer to have such power a power of attorney is used for this, Rule 43(k) must be abolished or the language amended, this is used against the targetted parent and as a tool, to undo this.. takes at least a year. This then cost money for a new attorney and I know of a woman on a salary cost her near 2 years to undo this and the agreement signed was never presented to her. In my case, there was a litany on emails saying not “no” not enter into this, but “hell no”, on a global consent order that nobody in their right mind would ever signed. It was to use knowing false evidence by an unqualified doctor and was overtly noticed to them as… “false,” the email stream in the family court system was never addressed and ultimately this thing turns up in cases later on, when told Not to sign it, the attorney told in phone calls and email told not to sign it called another attorney halfway across the state and, unknown to the client, that attorney signed this unbelievably fraudulent document, which wanted to use unqualified mental health persons where that doctor had been sued for fabricating mental health reports and lost and in this case, 5 doctors said she used, as the first well-known world renown doctor, provided information that that doctor was not qualified and when the report came out, and presented to “this” states top doctors and MUSC, the report has no legal or medical value, yet with 121 known false statements in it. What was sitting awaiting a ruling, was a res judicata motion that was later granted but not without $210,00.00 damage at minimum and recordings of the mother beating the child was ignored within that case, and now the mother, as she did with her other kids, has illegally absconded the state, all this gave her time to plan this crime. That lawyer who signed this was within weeks made a family court judge.

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